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Spain uses the Euro (€).
Monzo users pay the Mastercard exchange rate with no added fees.
Chip & PIN is everywhere. Contactless is common, but Spanish merchants aren’t in the habit of using it. They will take your card to insert it instead. That may well change once Apple Pay starts here in Spain (rumoured to be later this year). Swiping is usually a last resort.
Beware Dynamic Currency Conversion “Do you wish to pay in GBP?” messages on both ATM and shop POS. ALWAYS select EUR (their DDC rate is very bad v the Monzo Mastercard rate).
ATM operator charges:
Santander charge €5 and BBVA extra too.
Banc Sabadell wanted to charge €1.80 for a cash withdrawal whereas Cajamar was fee free.
The Mastercard Nearby app is useful to have on your phone to find Mastercard ATM and contactless locations. Good for locations close to where you are now but less so if you want to find locations somewhere you are travelling to.
Payment and withdrawal limits
All Monzo cards have some payment and withdrawal limits. To check yours before you leave, go to your Profile section of the app and tap on Limits.
Crowdsourced merchant data
The Monzo merchant data is often incorrect (eg. the map shows the wrong location or the name of the place is not correct). Please submit improvements to this data so it can get better for future visitors.
“Just something to bare in mind is that if a Spanish merchant follows local laws properly and inspects your card, not having your full name on the card might be an issue. I had this with Avis car rental and they required one of my cards with my name as evidence that I hadn’t robbed the card.”
If you are using Three to roam, you probably won’t get iPhone notifications from Monzo. The app still works fine though.
“The experience we have just had in Spain with the toll roads is that the card is NOT accepted in the automatic machine where you just pop the card in and go through. If you go to a manual booth with a person and they have a credit card machine then a contactless payment or chip and pin seems to work fine.”
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